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FIFA Club World Cup

  • December 18, 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Sheikh Zayed Sports City, Abū ẓabī (Abu Dhabi)
  • Referee: Y. Nishimura
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Club World Cup Final Preview: TP Mazembe - Inter

Club World Cup Final Preview: TP Mazembe - Inter

Mazembe and Inter go head to head on Saturday to decide who will lift the Club World Cup...

Smelling The Aroma Of Legacy

TP Mazembe are just one win away from conquering the world of club football. Victory over Italian champions Inter on Saturday evening will see Mazembe become the first club from Africa to win the Club World Cup.

In the quarter-finals the African champions beat Mexican outfit Pachuca 1-0 and then in the semi-finals they stunned Brazilian giants Internacional, winning 2-0.

Mazembe coach Lamine N’Diaye is proud of his players' performance in the competition and warned Inter that, "We’ve managed to rise to all the challenges that we’ve set ourselves. Now we’re faced with one last hurdle to overcome. You just never know."

Striker Dioko Kaluyituka echoed his coach's sentiments and enthused, "We’re all keen to show that we can mix it with the big boys, and perhaps even beat them. If we perform as best we can, Africa will be proud of us.”

History In The Making


Just as TP Mazembe are seeking a place in the history books, so are Italian and European champions Inter. The Beneamata have won four titles already this year - Serie A, Champions League, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup - and if they win the Club World Cup on Saturday, then they will become the first Italian side to win five major trophies in a single year.

Inter came into the competition under immense pressure as they had fallen way off the pace in the Scudetto race and were also humiliated by Werder Bremen in Germany in the Champions League.

Club supremo Massimo Moratti had already indicated in a very public way at the start of the competition that coach Rafael Benitez needs to win it to prove himself, and the Spaniard bought himself some more time after the Nerazzurri's 3-0 victory over Seongnam Ilhwa in the semi-finals.

The former Valencia and Liverpool tactician is aware of the task at hand and stated, "I expect a high-level game and winning the trophy would give us the push we need for the second half of the season. We have worked like always and have analysed the opposition to prepare our players for the game.

"There is the right tension to face Mazembe. We know they have a strong squad and are a hard team to beat. They have made history and it was a surprise to see them eliminate the Brazilian side Internacional. Mazembe deserve to be in the final.

"For us it is a very important game - the last of this year - but we expect to win plenty more in 2011 and go far in all the competitions."

TEAM NEWS

TP Mazembe

The Lubumbashi-based side have no major injury concerns.

Inter

Midfielder Wesley Sneijder is injured and will miss the final.

Players to watch

D. Kaluyituka

Position: Attacker

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Dioko Kaluyituka was on target against Internacional in the semi-finals and it was an exquisitely executed goal too. The 23-year-old will be a key player upfront for the African champions and given that the Nerazzurri do not have their first-choice defensive unit, Kaluyituka will be looking to take advantage with his runs and strength.

D. Milito

Position: Attacker

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Diego Milito was the star man for Inter in their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Seongnam Ilhwa. The Argentina international was involved in all of those goals as he provided the assists for the first two and himself scored the third and final. Milito has struggled with injuries for much of the season so far but the 31-year-old is now back banging in the goals and Mazembe could find it tough to handle him.

Editor's Prediction

TP Mazembe will be looking to create history and after their performance in the competition so far, the African champions will be more than just buoyant to conquer Inter. However, the Italian giants do have more quality and one suspects that they will eventually come out on top. Just.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

TP Mazembe

Internazionale

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tout Puissant Mazembe MAZ
Tout Puissant Mazembe TP Mazembe
Draw
FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
37%
61%

Top 3 Predictions

Tout Puissant Mazembe MAZ
0 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
Tout Puissant Mazembe MAZ
2 - 1
FC Internazionale Milano INT
Tout Puissant Mazembe MAZ
0 - 3
FC Internazionale Milano INT

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